June 22, 2018
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Mattawamkeag teen that allegedly pushed officer at Skowhegan fair pleads guilty to refusing to submit to arrest

Somerset County Jail | BDN
Somerset County Jail | BDN
Tristan Rush
By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A Mattawamkeag teenager allegedly pushed a deputy and refused to submit to arrest after he was seen apparently intoxicated on the midway at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, according to the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.

A deputy assigned to work inside the Skowhegan Fairgrounds received a report of an intoxicated individual on the midway at about 8 p.m. Saturday, Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster said in a statement released on Monday. Saturday was the last day of the Skowhegan State Fair.

Tristan Rush, 19, was approached by deputies and asked for identification. Instead, Rush allegedly gave a false name and date of birth, said Lancaster.

“Mr. Rush became verbally confrontational and pushed a deputy,” he said. “Mr. Rush was physically arrested after he refused to comply with orders to submit. Mr. Rush refused to walk on his own power and had to be placed in a Somerset County transport van.”

Rush was taken to Somerset County Jail in Madison where he was charged with assault, refusing to submit to arrest, criminal trespass, failure to provide correct name and address, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Monday, Rush pleaded guilty in Skowhegan District Court to refusing to submit to an arrest and criminal trespass, said Lancaster. The other charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to time served — 36 hours in jail.

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